Manager Brent Peters commented on last night’s win at Squires Gate: “Going into this game we welcomed back on loan from American side Richmond Kickers Goalkeeper Ryan Jones. This had no bearing on Paul Horridge’s past performances as in the main Paul has done well but with a pending wedding and the fact that Ryan needs games this was the factor behind this decision. New signing from Glossop Aaron Kirk made his debut and with it the lad brought a lot to the game with an impressive debut that earnt him the visitors Man of The Match vote. Once again in order to get the balance right with the players available we tweaked the shape which on balance of our overall performance proved a master stroke”. Peters added “We were different class in the first forty five minutes playing some really good stuff, the downside was the amount of excellent opportunities we created but failed to punish the opposition. I must admit with over thirty five minutes gone and the chances that were there for us I was worried that one slip up at the opposite end and they would steal the lead. It was therefore a sense of relief when young Joseph Edwards the Oldham Athletic trainee finished well on 41minutes. Had we have been more clinical around the box then this game would have been over by the break and Squires Gate could have had no complaints. “The second half whilst we still did well with the ball we let the tempo drop. This and the obvious fact that if the home side were going to get anything out of the game they had to change their shape to nullify our threat, such was our first half dominance, made for a more even game. Whilst we always had the upper hand a single goal advantage is a precarious scoreline, the game was put to bed in the closing minutes with an exquisite finish by Daniel Cocks who had made a blind side run closing their keeper down on a back pass, the keeper got himself in a whole lot of trouble, Adam Dale also did well before a well executed finish by Cocksie”.
Peters ended by saying that “The win was nothing more than we deserved, it was an excellent first half team performance followed by a good second half team performance coupled with an excellent debut of Arron Kirk”